Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services

Welcome to Berry Street

Since 1877, Berry Street has chosen to work with children, young people and families, with the most challenging and complex needs, including those for whom we are often the last resort. Last year, we helped over 27,000 of the most disadvantaged children, young people and families across our community.

We believe all children should have good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.


News & Events

Foster carers recognised
Berry Street treated more than 20 foster carers and their families to a recognition dinner in Shepparton on Wednesday night. Former police chief commissioner Christine Nixon was the guest speaker. read more

Siblings are forever
More than a third of children and young people in Australia's out-of-home care system are separated from their siblings. Berry Street Gippsland director Trish McCluskey is calling for change. read more

Berry Street’s Work Highlighted as Best Practice: Senate Report into Out-Of-Home Care
The Australian Senate has conducted a comprehensive review of foster care, kinship care and residential care across all States and Territories.

Pleasingly, their final report and recommendations draw extensively on Berry Street’s submission and evidence, including highlighting three specific areas of our work as best practice.
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Response to the Commissioner for Children's report into Residential Care.

The Report “…as a good parent would…” from the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Bernie Geary, provides stark evidence that reform of the residential care system for vulnerable children can’t wait.

Sadly, the problems which the Report highlights are not new. Similar findings and recommendations were made by the Victorian Ombudsman’s Report into Out of Home Care (2009), the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry Report (2010) and the Victorian Auditor General’s Report (2014).
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Op Ed Piece – Sandie de Wolf AM, CEO, Berry Street
Commissioner for Children & Young People’s Report on his Inquiry into Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation in Residential Care. read more

Royal commission can shine a light on ‘forgotten’ people
For decades the state failed in its duty to protect children placed in its care. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has an opportunity to make more

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